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Panel Discussion on Advocacy and Action

Posted: March 05, 2009

Please join us for this special panel discussion on Thursday, March 19 from 2:45 to 4:00 in the Rackham Auditorium. The discussion, Advocacy and Action at the University of California: Lessons Learned from a System-Wide Approach, will be moderated by Daniel Eisenberg, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, University of Michigan.


Following a period of state and university budget cuts in California, mental health services were reduced throughout the University of California system, resulting in negative consequences for student mental health.

In 2004, UC Davis student Adam Ojakian died by suicide, and Adam's parents, Vic and Mary, were compelled to speak out publicly - both about their son's struggle with depression, and about the UC system's lack of adequate mental health resources and negligence in addressing this issue.

As a result of the Ojakian's advocacy, the UC Student Mental Health Committee was formed. The panelists will discuss their different roles and perspectives during this process, and describe their experience of turning advocacy into action to rebuild services and create system-wide change.


Temina Madon, PhD, Executive Director, Center of Evaluation for Global Action, University of California, Berkeley

Victor Ojakian, Mental Health Advocate and Parent, Palo Alto, CA

Jeffrey P. Prince, PhD, Director, Counseling and Psychological Services, University of California, Berkeley.

Please RSVP:

The presentation is free of charge, and open to the U-M community. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to meyerpa@umich.edu.

This panel discussion is part of the University of Michigan Depression on College Campuses Conference. To register for the entire conference, please visit www.depressioncenter.org/docc/.


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